I bet you were thinking, judging by the title of this post, that you were going to be reading a cheesy HSM related post, but your eyes were deceived! Recently, the Internet has blew up a storm and gone crazy over 'YouTube Culture,' and this is something that just cannot be ignored. A grand number of videos and blog posts have been uploaded to the Wide Web in the past few months. Some of these by my favourites including SprinkleOfGlitter a.k.a Louise and Zoella a.k.a Zoe, (link here,) who contributed by expressing their views on this controversial topic.
However, what isn't cool is how their fan base have grown and reacted to them! They've become extremely out of hand and are idolising them for all the wrong reasons. It's such a shame because most of the chaos seems to be caused by the younger followers, who spoil it for the rest of us! In previous meetups, YouTubers have unfortunately had to cut the queue short and send innocent people away who may have been queuing for hours to catch a glimpse of their favourite Internet sensations, as a result of inappropriate behaviour from a small group of uncontrollable subscribers! Rarely this happens, but it;s becoming more apparent as the fanbase continues to grow! What 'fans' don't seem to understand is that they don't actually know their favourite YouTubers personally. They may paint their lives on the Internet, vlogging to their subscribers and updating them on their travels, but what they don't display are their most vulnerable moments - perhaps when things don't go to plan or when they're having a down day! No-one really sees how this affects YouTubers directly and Louise was brave to post her feelings on this topic in a video. This sparked off many opinions and comments from various YouTubers, bloggers and viewers from all over!
I am strongly opinionated on this topic, but what I feel hasn't been talked about is how it affects us bloggers too! It's often hard to blog when you're feeling down or suffering from personal problems. It's extremely difficult to reflect upon tough times and most of us do not like sharing this with the Internet. I know whenever I feel rough my instant reaction isn't to post online. I like to embrace the sunshine, grab a cool drink and a good book or snuggle inside with a good film. Most, if not all of my blog is extremely positive and uplifting! Often, I read through some of my older posts, to inspire my mood and for motivation to be productive, but I wouldn't lie to you and say that's an accurate picture for how I live my life! A large percentage of the time, I spend battling with negative thoughts and struggling to get through an average day. I've never been diagnosed with any mental illness before, but many have suggested that I may suffer from depression! It was a shock to hear this from some of my closest friends and family and took a while for me to accept this - I started hating myself for this, but soon had to realise that this wasn't my fault. I don't feel it's necessary to explain what triggered it and I think this post is long enough already. However, if you feel this needs to be elaborated on and made into a separate post, then feel free to let me know!
I guess the moral for this post really is that we're all human, no matter what we're going through and we all have feelings! Before you start judging someone by the content they post online, you should really try and get to know that person, whether it be through an email or comment on their blog/video. They may not get back to you instantly, but it's worth a try! It isn't fair for those who try so hard with their lives, to be knocked down for their hard efforts, just because of some ignorant 'fans'. I know how hard it is to cope sometimes and to struggle through with a fair amount of negativity constantly shouted at you, but you're never alone! There are so many people you can go to if you need some reassurance or simply someone to talk to. If you don't fancy talking to a friend or family member, there are plenty of hotlines available to young people. No-one should have to suffer in silence!